Y’all, I haven’t posted anything in a very, very long time. Things have been very busy on my end. After working on Boardwalk Empire, I worked on this way, way awesome pilot for HBO that I have to keep under wraps. Let’s just say I worked with a legendary director that I could have only dreamed about. No, it’s not Tarantino, but it’s someone who has a BIG name. Then I went home and had a great time in Dallas eating my way through some Tex-Mex, my favorite sushi place, and of course, In- N- Out. SO, since I don’t have a lot up my sleeve now, I just decided I’ll write my favorite movies that are 11-20. Told ya I’d come back for that!
11- The Graduate (Mike Nichols): “And here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson”… Y’all, I can’t believe I left that out of my top 10. I don’t think there’s need for a description. If you haven’t seen it, YOU’RE CRAZY AND HAVE BEEN LIVING UNDER A ROCK. Go rent it now! It’s a classic.
12- Gone With the Wind (Victor Flemming and others): “No, I don’t think I’ll kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed often, and by someone who knows how.” Weren’t expecting that quote, were you? Also, I’ve you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t seen it, rent it. But I’d say take a Saturday that you don’t mind staying in because this is a long movie. I mean, 3 hours long. But it’s so worth it.
13- Dirty Dancing (Emile Ardolino): “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” You know you’ve heard this quote. This is a classic good girl falls for a bad boy who can DANCE like no one’s business. Also, there’s a follow up movie called Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. Yeah, it didn’t have spectacular reviews, but I really liked it. Not top 20 worthy, but it’s still a good watch.
14- Kill Bill Volumes 1 &2 (Quentin Tarantino): I figured I’d just put 1 and 2 together because although they’re different, it’s still the same story line. Since I’m not too good at descriptions, I’m going to take one from IMDB. “The lead character, called ‘The Bride’ (played by Uma Thurman) was a member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, led by her lover, ‘Bill’. Upon realizing she was pregnant with Bill’s child, ‘The Bride’ decided to escape her life as a killer. She fled to Texas, met a young man, who, on the day of their wedding rehearsal was gunned down by an angry and jealous Bill (with the assistance of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad). Four years later, ‘The Bride’ wakes from a coma, and discovers her baby is gone. She, then, decides to seek revenge upon the five people who destroyed her life and killed her baby. The saga of Kill Bill Volume 1 begins.” See, that was a GREAT description. I haven’t watched it in some time, but I think this is like Pulp Fiction, where the story line jumps around.
15- When Harry Met Sally (Rob Reiner): This is the movie that states that men and women can never be just friends (Harry and Sally). To be honest, I really think there are some exceptions to the rule. This is a classic NYC movie and a cute rom-com if you’re in the mood. I’d say that you could even get a guy to watch this.
16- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Milos Forman): Ahhhh Jack Nicholson in his early years. Essentially this movie is about Jack Nicholson’s character that has a criminal past and decides that going to a mental asylum would be waaayyyy better than hanging around a prison. Sounds great, right? Heh. You have to watch just to see what happens. Also, there’s this EVIL Nurse Ratched. Such a classic.
17- La Vie En Rose (Olivier Dahan): Everyone knows I’m a sucker for any French film, but this one is a film that even if you don’t like French films, you can enjoy this. I promise. Marion Cotillard (a favorite actress of mine) portrays the crazy life of French singer, Edith Piaf. She goes from a very poor life to one that throws her into the spotlight. Obviously, you’ll recognize the song “La Vie En Rose”. Also, if you expected for me to put Amélie in my top 20 movies, you’re wrong. I’m a bizarre person who doesn’t like that film. Sorry, not sorry.
18- À la folie… pas du tout [He Loves Me...He Loves Me Not] (Laetitia Colombani): Hey look! A film with Audrey Tatou! I may not care for Amélie, but I really enjoy this French film. Just thinking about this movie now, it kinda reminds me of the very famous novel right now, Gone Girl. The film starts out with the character Angélique (Audrey Tatou) and her relationship with her boyfriend. Once you get mid-way, you start to see his perspective of the relationship. See! Gone Girl! If you’re a fan of the book, I really recommend this movie. I’m pretty sure it’s on Netflix.
19- Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino): “You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with cheese in Paris?… They call it a Royale with cheese.” Y’all, I can’t believe I almost left this off of my list. I had to go back to my 1-10 to make sure I already had it on there, but I didn’t!! When you think of Tarantino, most people think of this film specifically. I’ll tell you one thing, it’s so hard for me to take John Travolta seriously in this film. I mean, I can, but it’s just weird seeing him playing this… hit man character. The film itself is not in linear order. This means you have to be paying attention.
20- The Sound of Music (Robert Wise): Okay, I really don’t think I have to put a description for this one. This is another that if you haven’t seen it, YOU’VE BEEN LIVING UNDER A ROCK! I mean, don’t they always show this movie in school? I watched it at least 2 times.
Alrighty, that’s all I got time for.